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We already know that language is one of the most powerful tools that we have. It’s really all about what you say and how you say it. But to truly be a powerful communicator, one of the best things you can do is own your words.
Taking ownership for what you say (not to mention your actions) puts you in control. It’s about having confidence and empowering yourself to be strong.
If you voice an opinion (and here I will caution employing your mental filter) and firmly believe it, then own it. Stand behind what you say, and be able to back it up. Now I don’t mean necessarily to have a list of supporting bullet points at the ready, but I do mean have the conviction to stand behind what you’re saying if challenged or the opportunity presents itself.
If you’re preparing a paper/presentation/blog, avoid language that comes across as wishy-washy (a technical term!). State your case or stance or position in no uncertain terms, and again, be ready to hold true.
Above all, if someone challenges you, and I don’t mean in an attacking way but perhaps in a conversational environment, stand up for your words. If he or she can successfully present a differing viewpoint or convince you of something other than your opinion, acknowledge that and graciously accept it. Don’t be afraid to embrace another’s input.
Stand behind your words, and realize that others can help you grow. The beauty is that we’re not always right, but true strength comes from admitting and embracing that.